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Abstract: We exhibit a numerical method to compute three-point branched covers of the complex projective line. We develop algorithms for working explicitly with Fuchsian triangle groups and their finite index subgroups, and we use these algorithms to compute power series expansions of modular forms on these groups. This is joint work with Michael Klug, Michael Musty, and Sam Schiavone.
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Abstract: We exhibit a numerical method to compute three-point branched covers of the complex projective line.  We develop algorithms for working explicitly with Fuchsian triangle groups and their finite index subgroups, and we use these algorithms to compute power series expansions of modular forms on these groups.  This is joint work with Michael Klug, Michael Musty, and Sam Schiavone.
 
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Abstract: I will use the endoscopic classification of automorphic forms on U(3) to determine the asymptotic cohomology growth of families of complex-hyperbolic 2-manifolds.
 
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== September 19 ==
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0A0A0" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Valerio Toledano Laredo''' (Northeastern)
 
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Abstract: For a semisimple Lie algebra ''g'', the quantum loop algebra
 
and the Yangian are deformations of the loop algebra ''g''[''z,&nbsp;''z&nbsp;&minus;&nbsp;1]
 
and the current algebra ''g''[''u''], respectively. These infinite-dimensional
 
quantum groups share many common features, though a
 
precise explanation of these similarities has been missing
 
so far.
 
 
 
In this talk, I will explain how to construct a functor between
 
the finite-dimensional representation categories of these
 
two Hopf algebras which accounts for all known similarities
 
between them.
 
 
 
The functor is transcendental in nature, and is obtained from
 
the discrete monodromy of an abelian difference equation
 
canonically associated to the Yangian.
 
 
 
This talk is based on a joint work with Sachin Gautam.
 
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== September 26 ==
 
 
 
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Abstract: Bianchi groups are groups of the form ''SL''(2,&nbsp;''R'') where ''R'' is the ring of integers of an imaginary quadratic field. They form an important class of arithmetic Kleinian groups and moreover they hold a key role for the development of the Langlands program for ''GL''(2) beyond totally real fields.
 
 
 
In this talk, I will discuss several interesting questions related to the torsion in the homology of Bianchi groups. I will especially focus on the recent results on the asymptotic behavior of the size of torsion, and the reciprocity and functoriality (in the sense of the Langlands program) aspects of the torsion. Joint work with N.&nbsp;Bergeron and A.&nbsp;Venkatesh on the cycle complexity of arithmetic manifolds will be discussed at the end.
 
 
 
The discussion will be illustrated with many numerical examples.
 
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Abstract: The Artin–Mazur zeta function of a dynamical system is a generating function that captures information about its periodic points. In characteristic zero, the zeta function of a rational map from '''P'''<sup>1</sup> to '''P'''<sup>1</sup> is known to always be a rational function. In positive characteristic, the situation is much less clear. Lattes maps are rational maps on '''P'''<sup>1</sup> that are finite quotients of endomorphisms of elliptic curves, and they have many interesting dynamical properties related to the geometry and arithmetic of elliptic curves. I show that the zeta function of a separable Lattes map in positive characteristic is a transcendental function.
 
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Abstract: Let ''A'' be a ring whose additive group is free Abelian of finite
 
rank. The topic of this talk is the following question: what is the
 
probability that several random elements of ''A'' generate it as a ring? After
 
making this question precise, I will show that it has an interesting
 
answer which can be interpreted as a local-global principle. Some
 
applications will be discussed. This talk will be based on my joint work
 
with Rostyslav Kravchenko (University of Chicago) and Marcin Mazur
 
(Binghamton University).
 
 
 
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Abstract: Del Pezzo surfaces X of degree 4 are smooth (complete) intersections of two quadrics in four-dimensional projective space.  They are some of the simplest surfaces for which there can be cohomological obstructions to the existence of rational points, mediated by the Brauer group Br X of the surface.  I will explain how to construct, for every non-trivial, non-constant element A of Br X, a rational genus-one fibration X -> P^1 such that A is "vertical" for this map.  This implies, for example, that if there is a cohomological obstruction to the existence of a point on X, then there is a genus-one fibration X -> P^1 where none of the fibers are locally soluble, giving a concrete, geometric way of "seeing" a Brauer-Manin obstruction.  The construction also gives a fast, practical algorithm for computing the Brauer group of X.  Conjecturally, this gives a mechanical way of testing for the existence of rational points on these surfaces.  This is joint work with Bianca Viray.
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0A0A0" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Paul Garrett''' (Minnesota)
 
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Abstract: Faddeev–Pavlov and Lax–Phillips observed that certain
 
restrictions of the Laplacian to parts of automorphic continuous
 
spectrum have discrete spectrum. Colin de Verdiere used this to prove
 
meromorphic continuation of Eisenstein series, and proposed ways to
 
exploit this idea to construct self-adjoint operators with spectra
 
related to zeros of ''L''-functions. We show that simple forms of this
 
construction produce at most very sparse spectra, due to
 
incompatibility with pair correlations for zeros. Ways around some of
 
the obstacles are sketched. (Joint with E. Bombieri.)
 
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Abstract: In recent joint works with Manjul Bhargava and Benedict Gross, we showed that a positive proportion of hyperelliptic curves over '''Q''' of genus ''g'' have no points over any odd degree extension of '''Q'''. This is done by computing certain 2-Selmer averages and applying a result of Dokchitser–Dokchitser on the parity of the rank of the 2-Selmer groups in biquadratic twists. In this talk, we will see how arithmetic invariant theory and the geometric theory of pencils of quadrics are used to obtain the 2-Selmer averages.
 
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== November 12 ==
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0A0A0" align="center" style="font-size:125%" | '''Evan Dummit''' (Madison)
 
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Abstract: A very basic question in algebraic number theory is: how many number fields are there? A natural way to order the fields of a fixed degree n is by discriminant, and classical results of Minkowski then assure us that there are only finitely many fields with a given discriminant.  We are also often interested in counting number fields, or relative extensions, with other properties, such as having a particular Galois closure.  A folk conjecture sometimes attributed to Linnik states that the number of extensions of degree n and absolute discriminant less than X is on the order of X.  A great deal of recent and ongoing work has been focused towards achieving upper bounds on counts of this nature (quite successfully, in degree 5 and lower), but there is comparatively little known in higher degrees, for relative extensions, or for sufficiently complicated Galois closures: the primary results are those of Schmidt and Ellenberg-Venkatesh.  I will discuss these results and my thesis work, in which I generalize several of their results and introduce another counting metric, the "rho-discriminant". 
 
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Abstract: We study some problems relating to polynomials evaluated
 
either at random Gaussian or random Bernoulli inputs.  We present some
 
new work on a structure theorem for degree-''d'' polynomials with Gaussian
 
inputs.  In particular, if ''p'' is a given degree-''d'' polynomial, then ''p''
 
can be written in terms of some bounded number of other polynomials
 
''q''<sub>1</sub>, ..., ''q''<sub>''m''</sub> so that the joint probability density function of
 
''q''<sub>1</sub>(''G''), ..., ''q''<sub>''m''</sub>(''G'') is close to being bounded.  This says essentially
 
that any abnormalities in the distribution of ''p''(''G'') can be explained by
 
the way in which ''p'' decomposes into the ''q''<sub>''i''</sub>.  We then present some
 
applications of this result.
 
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Abstract: I will discuss how the algebraic geometry of hyperelliptic curves gives an approach to a function field analogue of the 'mixing conjecture' of Michel and Venkatesh.  (For a rather longer abstract, see the [http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.8237 arxiv posting] of the same name as the talk). This talk presents joint work with Jacob Tsimerman.
 
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